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The War Game

The controversial, Oscar-winning drama-documentary depicts the consequences of a nuclear attack on Britain. The terrible aftermath of a nuclear bomb in Kent is portrayed.

The controversial drama-documentary depicts the consequences of a nuclear attack on Britain. The terrible aftermath of a nuclear bomb in Kent is portrayed in the style of a news programme.

Written and directed by Peter Watkins, The War Game won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 1966, even though the BBC decided not to show it when it was made as "the effect of the film has been judged by the BBC to be too horrifying for the medium of broadcasting." The film was finally televised on 31 July 1985.

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46 minutes

Last on

Wed 31 Jul 1985 21:30

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Role Contributor
Director Peter Watkins
Writer Peter Watkins

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